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I have a lovely picture now of you and your Dad cooking together - what a lovely story! I love to cook and bake and I have well over a hundred cookbooks. I don't really use them for following recipes as such I use them more so as reference books - I'm more of an experimental cook - I know what goes together and what doesn't so I like to mix it up from time to time!I learnt from a young age how to cook - my nan was always getting us to help her bake cakes, sausage rolls, putting the jam in jam tarts etc. She used to make the best beef stew EVER when my grandad was still alive but as she is on her own now she hardly ever makes it. I know exactly what she puts in her stew but I just can't make it taste the way she makes it taste no matter what. She just has that magic touch with a stew if you know what I mean.
Thank you so much Marilyn!! This was way better than I was ever expecting! I thought you would just say you learnt at school, or had a kind neighbour or Aunt, or just taught yourself. That was a lovely story.. bless your Daddy's cotton socks!! I have always liked to cook. When we were little we had a coal fire with black metal hobs at the side. The kettle sat there to keep warm till we pushed the hob over the fire. Then the kettle would sing as it boiled. We roasted chestnuts underneath, and held bread on a long toasting fork over the embers. If we were very lucky we had marsh mallows to toast.We had a little 'Baby Belling' oven, and two gas rings under the kitchen table. My Mum did amazing things with this limited equipment. When I was older my friends and I used to spend the day in the woods, making camp fires and cooking 'dampers' ... dough made with flour and water, wrapped round a stick and cooked in the fire. When it was cooked (or usually half cooked) we would fill them with jam and eat them. I thought my baking wasn't too bad, but hubs says I throw the crumbs out for the birds, and the birds throw them back! The thing he likes best is apple tart made with Pâte brisée, jam below the apple and ground almonds above.
Thanks for visiting me, again my friend...I could not find you...I wish YOU a Happy New Year too!Now, I am going out in the night of Winter with my dogs ~~~I hope you can understand my english here, it is not good, by I do my best ;*)KRAM från Eva
I rather bake than cook, since my husband does the cooking so much better... But most of all I like to make jam, syrup, and all sorts of conservation of fruits, berries and other things growing. And Christmas candy, I love making Christmas candy!
You have such an interesting and diverse background. Are you talking about Toronto in Canada? Just curious. I prefer to cooking to baking likely because my late Mom used to bake so frequently. We had dessert with every meal.
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